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No. 13 Penn State Football vs. No. 2 Ohio State Betting Line, Odds, Injury Report, Prediction

No. 13 Penn State Football faces its most daunting task of the 2022 college football season, hosting No. 2 Ohio State inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in a clash that carries monumental Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff implications.

The Nittany Lions are riding the momentum of a 45-17 dismantling of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but will James Franklin’s team be able to carry that momentum into a showdown with the Buckeyes, one of the most talented teams in the nation?

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Here’s a look at everything you need to know for Saturday’s Penn State Football vs. Ohio State showdown

Penn State Injury Report:

Smith Vilbert DE                 Ques – Undisclosed

Nick Dawkins OL                Ques – Arm

Keyvone Lee RB                Ques – Undisclosed

Landon Tengwall OL          Ques – Undisclosed 

Jerry Cross TE                   Ques – Undisclosed

Zuriah Fisher DE                Out Indefinitely – Knee

Ohio State Injury Report:

Kamryn Babb WR              Ques – Knee

Tyler Friday DE                  Ques – Undisclosed

Teradja Mitchell LB            Ques – Undisclosed

Palaie Gaoteote IV LB        Ques – Undisclosed

Kourt Williams S                 Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed

Mitchell Melton LB               Ques – Undisclosed

Joe Royer TE                     Ques – Undisclosed

Jantzen Dunn S                  Ques – Undisclosed

Evan Pryor RB                    Out for Season – Knee

Jordan Hancock CB           Ques – Leg

Omari Abor DE                   Ques – Undisclosed

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Point Spread:

Penn State Football (+15.5) vs. Ohio State

Penn State enters Saturday’s matchup as a 15.5-point underdog. Penn State is 4-3 ATS, while Ohio State is 4-2-1 this season.

Penn State Football Moneyline: +450

Placing a $100 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Ohio State, straight up on the moneyline, would pay $450. Ohio State leads the all-time series 22-14. The Buckeyes have won the last 5 matchups dating back to 2017. Penn State has only won this matchup one time since James Franklin was hired in 2014.

Penn State Football vs. Ohio State over/under: 61

The total has gone over in 5 out of 7 games this season for both Penn State and Ohio State. The total has gone under in 5 of Penn State’s last 7 games against Ohio State.

Picks for the Week:

The Nittany Lions rebounded nicely against the Gophers this past week to get the season back on track and improve to 6-1.

This week’s game against the Buckeyes will be the most talented team that Penn State will face all season.

Penn State Football is playing in the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium, and does tend to play up to competition.

This game will come down to how efficient the offense is under Sean Clifford as the expectation is that the explosive Ohio State offense is going to put up a lot of points. The Nittany Lion secondary is the strength of the defense, but they will have their hands full with what is most likely the most talented wide receiver room in the country.

Another factor to look at is how the home environment is being a noon kickoff and not the typical night game whiteout.

Take Ohio State minus the points this week as they will most likely pull away late. The under could also be a play as this game could be low scoring in the first half keeping the total down.

Prediction: Penn State 17  Ohio State 38

Big Ten Pick of the Week:

Illinois (-8) @ Nebraska            3:30pm/ABC

The Illini have quickly taken control of the Big Ten West race thanks in part to upset wins and the inconsistencies of other teams.

Nebraska can score, but will be facing one of the toughest defenses of the Big Ten this weekend. Illinois has already taken out traditional Big Ten west powers Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota and with a win will put themselves a step closer to Indianapolis.

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